Secret places with historical flair in Germany
  • Völklinger Hütte – the World Heritage

    Rathausstraße 75-79, 66333 Völklingen

    How to Get There?

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      Get to Völklingen by regional train via Saarbrücken which is connected well to the German ICE network and hence accessible easily from all over Germany. From the Völklingen station walk approx. 5 minutes (500 meters).

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      Use the motorways A6 and A620 and take the exit no. 8 'Völklingen-Geislautern'. Go ahead in Geislautern direction and follow the signposts. There is a large parking ground directly at the opposite of the street, just a few 100 meters away. Parking is free (status: 2014).

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 49.247730
      LONGTITUDE: 6.844647

       

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      The airport Saarbrücken-Ensheim is just 25 km away from Völklingen. Take the bus R10 to Saarbrücken Hauptbahnhof (Saarbrücken main station) and change to a regional train to Völklingen there. From the Völklingen station it's just a walk of approx. 500 meters.

      Nearest airport

      Saarbrücken (SCN)

    Why Go There?

    Nov.-April 10 am - 6 pm; April-Nov. 10 am - 7 pm

    Since the year 1994 the Völklinger Hütte (Völklingen Ironworks) is a part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage as an industrial monument. More than 100 years (from 1873 to 1986) iron steel was produced here.

    The Völklinger Hütte was the first industrial monument in the world which was declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Today it's considered an important facility of the European industrial culture and it's an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Culture (ERIH).

    The area was originally 260 hectare large, but today the World Heritage Site covers "just" 10 hectare. The area can be viewed, but there are guided tours as well. The entire area is a place for cultural events on a regular base: Open-Air Rock concerts as well as classical Chamber music.

    There's a multitude of exhibitions which took place here. Examples:

    • Leonardo da Vinci
    • Historic nude photography
    • The human brain
    • The Celts
    • GameArt

    and way more. In 2004 the "Ferrodrom" was established which is the first Science Center in the Region Saarland - Lorraine - Luxemburg, and which is a multimedial experience about iron and steel in the broadest sense. There are exhibits about the cultural history of iron (Iron Age) as well as special guided tours by former iron workers who can describe the work at the blast furnaces really graphically.

    During the nights the entire area is illuminated colorfully by two different artists who created light art installations.

    Location Details

    Escape Address: Rathausstraße 75-79, 66333 Völklingen, Völklingen, Saarland, Germany

    Things to do close by!

    Nature exploring

    The Bostalsee (50 km north of Völklingen in the nature reserve 'Saar-Hunsrück') is the largest recreational lake in Southwest Germany, with a water surface of 120 hectares. 12 hectares are considered a protected zone with low water areas especially for rare animals and plants. It's a barrier lake which means that it was created artificially. Nonetheless, there is no energetic use, it's a recreational area only.

    Spa & Wellness

    'Calypso' is a swimming, spa and wellness paradise in Saarbrücken, less than 20 km from Völklingen. The visitor finds a huge number of saunas and steam baths here, as well as massages, beauty treatments etc. The speciality is called 'Rasul' which is a special oriental ceremony with mud and peelings. So if you like it a bit less calmly – no problem, there are lts of water slides.

    Hiking

    The 'Saarland-Rundwanderweg' (Saarland hiking trail) shows a length of 273 km in a "circle". Starting in Saarbrücken, it "touches" (amongst other cities) Völklingen as well. Here one can enjoy undisturbed nature, and it's a pleasure to be here. The relicts of the former Saarland coal mines show interesting details of the recent history.

    Hotels near Völklinger Hütte – the World Heritage

    Leonardo Hotel Völklingen-Saarbrücken
    Opened in October 2012, this 4-star hotel is located opposite a park in Völklingen. The Leonardo Hotel Völklingen offers a 24-hour reception, as well as a sauna and gym. The Leonardo Völklingen offers spacious rooms with modern décor.
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    About 1.75 KM from Völklinger Hütte – the World Heritage
    Parkhotel Albrecht
    Set in spacious parkland, two restaurants and modern rooms with free Wi-Fi access are offered by this hotel. Just a 15-minute walk from Völklingen Ironworks, it enjoys a peaceful location in the historic town.
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    About 1.8 KM from Völklinger Hütte – the World Heritage
    Romantik Hotel Linslerhof
    This historic 4-star hotel in the quiet town of Überherrn offers elegant rooms, charming restaurants and an inviting spa area, just 2 km away from the French border.
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    About 8.21 KM from Völklinger Hütte – the World Heritage
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